Howard Stern is sorry for nasty remarks he initially made about Lena Dunham, and the radio “shock jock” turned America’s Got Talent judge has issued a mea culpa for ragging on the Girls creator.
Stern says he’s sorry for deeming Dunham a “little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill,” a characterization made during a recent rant about the show Girls and the star herself — and while body shaming is never acceptable, Howard seems to kind of speak for everyone in the strange ambiguous like slash dislike they feel about the show, its subject matter and tone. (And by everyone, I mean me, at least.)
Stern is sorry for a rant in which he quipped, speaking of Dunham’s Girls role and visibility:
“I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show, and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on.”
But yesterday, Howard peddled backwards, telling listeners of his SiriusXM show:
“I felt bad because I really do love the show Girls and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it … So I said to [show producer Gary], ‘would you please contact Lena Dunham and please tell her that I would like to explain myself to her on the air and apologize to her because I do love the show and it makes me feel bad that she is getting the impression that I somehow think she’s just a talentless little fat chick?’ “
After Stern said he was sorry, he added:
“It took me a while to get there … all of the sudden I went, ‘This show’s really really funny. I like it.’ I kind of just started liking the show. And I’ve done a whole 360 on the show and I really admire the girl who writes it, and I actually like when she comes on camera … I’m a superfan now. I really love it. I almost went to the premiere the other night.”
Do you find Howard Stern’s acquired taste for Lena Dunham and Girls to mirror your experience with the show too?